The Board of Education launched an investigation in August, after a "team building group exercise" left students with various injuries. Emotions ran high as parents, teachers, and local unions expressed their disapproval after the Board unanimously voted to approve Superintendent Gary Price's motion to suspend the teachers, April Gilpin and Kristin DeVaul, for one day without pay.
"We are not insensitive to a child getting injured, but I will guarantee you there is not a teacher in that room that has not had a student injured on their watch and that is exactly why we are fighting so hard against this one day suspension," said Frank Caputo, AFT-WV Staff Representative.
Dr. Babette Simms,Board of Education member said, "We are not talking about stopping creativity here, we are talking about blatant, blatant injury to our students. You don't see kids strapped together dragging down a practice football field and not put a halt to that."
Caputo said the AFT-West Virginia plans to appeal the decision with a level 3 grievance.